Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson
35-Year-Old ForwardF
New York Knicks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gibson agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal to join the Knicks this summer after spending the last two seasons with the Timberwolves. He played primarily off the bench for Minnesota but saw solid minutes as a reliable contributor in the frontcourt. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 24.1 minutes last season, shooting a respectable 56.6 percent from the floor. Gibson proved that he could still be a valuable part of a team's rotation as a veteran with a high basketball IQ and quality rebounding skills. It's likely he got his deal from New York primarily for his intangible skills as a leader and a veteran presence in a young locker room rather than his on-the-court abilities. Otherwise, New York would not have made the signings that it did, like bringing in Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris to play alongside second-year center Mitchell Robinson. Randle and Portis are younger and offer more upside than Gibson, so it's likely he sees a sharp drop-off in minutes in his 11th season. Expectations should be tempered for Gibson, who is playing in a crowded frontcourt. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2019. Contract includes $9.45 million team option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Taj Jami Gibson, the son of Wilbert and Sharon Gibson, was born in Brooklyn in 1985. Gibson's high school career took him from coast to coast. He began his high school career at Brooklyn's High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology, before moving to Stoneridge Preparatory School in Tarzana, California as a sophomore and junior. He then spent a year at Calvary Christian School in San Fernando, California, before departing for the University of Southern California. While with the Bulls, Gibson worked with various youth groups to promote education. He joined Chicago Public School officials to promote the annual Back-to-School campaign and has provided underprivileged youth with school supplies. You can follow Taj Gibson on Twitter and Instagram @TajGibson.

College/International Summary

Taj Gibson was a three-year starter for USC from 2006 through 2009. The 6-foot-9 forward provided 12.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a freshman. He played 32.4 minutes per game and hit 55.8 percent of his field goals. Gibson continued to produce in the NCAA Tournament as the Trojans reached the Sweet 16. He had 18 points and eight rebounds in a win over Arkansas, followed by 17 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Texas. He produced 16 points and 12 rebounds during the elimination loss to North Carolina. As a sophomore, Gibson averaged 10.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest. He was named to the All-Pac-12 Third Team and Pac-12 All-Defense Team. In his junior season, the forward was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Pac-12 Second Team. Gibson put up 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game during his third season. He finished his career with 253 blocks, fourth most in Pac-12 history. With one season of eligibility remaining, Gibson put his name in for the 2009 draft.

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FNew York Knicks
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Gibson (back) will start Saturday's game against Chicago, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
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2019

Gibson appeared in 62 games for the Knicks during the 2019-20 season. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds across 16.5 minutes per game. He shot a career-high 58.4 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe. Gibson hit single-game season highs of 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks and one made three-pointer. He had 16 performances with double-digit points, 24 performances with at least five rebounds and 13 performances with at least two assists. Gibson also had 21 efforts with at least one steal and 24 efforts with at least one block. His longest streak of double-digit scoring was three games from Jan. 18 through Jan. 22. During that stretch, across 20.7 minutes, Gibson averaged 11.0 points on 5.7 shots plus 4.7 rebounds. His longest streak of five-plus rebounds was six games from Nov. 8 through Nov. 18. During that stretch, across 20.4 minutes per game, Gibson averaged 8.8 points on 6.5 shots plus 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In the eight games in which Gibson saw at least 24 minutes, he averaged 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.

2018

In Gibson's second year with the Timberwolves, the veteran forward played 70 games, starting 57. He posted 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting. His field-goal percentage ranked 14th in the league, unsurprising as his career field-goal percentage is an impressive 51.2. He also grabbed rebounds at a terrific rate, 15th in the league for Offensive Rebound Percentage in 2018-19. Gibson also had tied his career-high 0.8 steals per game. Gibson had a very strong January, averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 58.6 percent from the field between Jan. 6 through Jan. 24. His play helped the Timberwolves produce a record of 6-3 during that time. His strongest performance of the season was during an 11-point win against the Knicks on Mar. 10. He scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds, two steals, one block, and an assist.

2017

Best known for his many years with the Bulls, Gibson arrived in Minnesota for the 2017-18 campaign following a season in which he split time with Chicago and Oklahoma City. The results were overwhelmingly positive for the Timberwolves. Gibson played in all 82 games for the T-Wolves, starting each one of them. It was the third 82-game season of the durable forward's career. Gibson's 12.2 points per game were the second-best total of his nine-year NBA run. His 7.1 rebounds per contest were a new career-high. Gibson finished with 18 double-doubles and played a career-high 33 minutes per contest. While the scoring and rebounding numbers were nice, it was Gibson's improved efficiency that was most impressive. He drained a ridiculous 57.7 percent of his shots from the field, a new career-high, which ranked sixth league-wide. It marked the fifth straight season Gibson shot at least 50 percent after failing to hit that mark in any of his first five NBA campaigns. Taj's 76.8 percent clip from the free-throw line was also a new high-water mark. Toss in the fact Gibson contributed 1.5 steals/blocks per game and it's easy to see why Minnesota was so excited about their new acquisition. The Timberwolves finished at 47-35 and lost to Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. It was Minnesota's first playoff appearance since 2004.

2016

The 2016-17 season was a year of big change for the 31-year old veteran. After seven and half seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Gibson was traded in February to the OKC Thunder. Gibson played 55 games for Chicago and started in every appearance. It was the first season in which Gibson was a starter in all of his games for the Bulls. Before the trade, he produced 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. On Dec. 2, the big man scored a season-high 23 points for Chicago in a home win over the Cavaliers. On Jan. 14, while still a member of the Bulls, Gibson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in a home win over the Pelicans. But on Feb. 23, Gibson and Doug McDermott were dealt to the Thunder in exchange for Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne. Gibson was in the last year of his contract with the Bulls, who were in the middle of their second season with new coach Fred Hoiberg. Gibson's role changed with the Thunder. He started 16 of 23 games in Oklahoma City, but he saw his minutes per contest drop from 27.3 with Chicago to 21.2. On Mar. 2, Gibson had arguably his best performance with the Thunder, posting 15 points (on 6-for-9 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a loss at Portland. The Thunder finished at 47-35 and faced Houston in the first round of the playoffs. Gibson started all five playoff games and averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. Houston won the series in five games.

2015

Taj Gibson turned 30 years old before starting his seventh season with the Chicago Bulls. The cagey veteran appeared in 73 games with 55 starts. Gibson had not seen 50-plus starts since his 2009-10 rookie season. With fellow big man Joakim Noah appearing in only 27 games for Chicago due to injury, Gibson found himself splitting time between the power forward and center positions. For the year, he delivered per-game averages of 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, a career-high 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks over 26.5 minutes per contest. Gibson also shot a career-high 52.6 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from the charity stripe. On Dec. 30, Gibson snagged a season-high 14 rebounds and recorded a career-high-tying six blocks, in a win over the Pacers. Six days later, he again grabbed 14 boards in a win over the Bucks. On Feb. 5, Gibson scored a season-high 18 points, with three blocks, during a loss at Denver. He again scored 18 points on March 21 in a win over the Kings. On March 29 Gibson would suffer a fractured rib in a game versus the Pacers and miss the last eight games of the season. Chicago missed the playoffs for the first time in Gibson's seven-year run with the team.

2014

The normally durable Gibson faced a few injury challenges during the 2014-15 season, his sixth with the Chicago Bulls. On Opening Night, Oct. 29, Gibson scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a win at New York. On Nov. 5, the USC product generated a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Chicago to victory at Milwaukee. Eventually, ankle issues forced the power forward to miss nine games in November and December. On Dec. 10, the veteran blocked a career-high-tying six shots, to go with 11 points and 10 rebounds, during a big home win over the Nets. On Dec. 15, Gibson collected a season-high 17 rebounds, plus 15 points, during a loss at Atlanta. Gibson started 17 games during the 2014-15 campaign. He had four consecutive starts in December when Joakim Noah was injured. Then, in mid-January, Gibson had four more consecutive starts due to Noah's ankle injury. In March, Gibson's recurring ankle issues returned, forcing the veteran to miss 10 straight games. For the season, Gibson averaged 10.3 points per game and shot a career-high 50.2 percent from the field. The Bulls once again qualified for the playoffs, a feat the team accomplished for all six of Gibson's seasons in Chicago. The Bulls faced Milwaukee in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and won the series in six games. However, they then fell in six games during the semifinal round to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

2013

The 2013-14 season was Taj Gibson's fifth in The Association. He once again appeared in all 82 regular-season games, a feat he had not accomplished since his 2009-10 rookie season. The durable big man also played a career-high 28.7 minutes per contest. That increased run led to per game career highs in points (13.0), assists (1.1), and made free throws (2.6), while also averaging 6.8 boards per contest. Gibson also shot a career-high 75.1 percent from the charity stripe. The USC product was much more assertive on offense, taking 10.9 shots per game, a drastic increase over last year's 6.8 per contest. "Hard Hat" still predominantly offered support off the bench, with eight spot starts. On Dec. 2, Gibson scored a career-high 26 points, to go with 14 rebounds, in a close loss to the Pelicans. He repeated the feat on Jan. 22, scoring 26 points in a win at Cleveland. On Feb. 6, Gibson again scored 26 points, to go with 13 rebounds and four assists, in a loss to the Warriors. On Feb. 28, Gibson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds during a win at Dallas. In three separate games, Gibson blocked a season-high five shots. Gibson posted a career-high 15 double-doubles. The Bulls finished the season with a 48-34 record. They faced the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs and lost in five games.

2012

After missing only five games in his first three seasons, the injury bug caught up to Taj Gibson in the 2012-13 campaign. However, he still appeared in 65 games with five starts. On Jan. 2, the durable forward posted a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Orlando. An injury to Carlos Boozer injected Gibson into the starting lineup for four games between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4. During that span, Gibson delivered 14.8 points, 12.0 boards and 3.0 blocks per game. On Feb. 2, he posted an impressive 19-point, 19-rebound double-double during a big win at Atlanta. From Feb. 26 through March 18, Gibson missed 10 games due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. On April 4, Gibson aggravated the knee injury and missed another seven contests. He returned in time for Chicago's last two regular-season games. The Bulls once again entered the playoffs and defeated Brooklyn in an exciting seven-game first-round series. However, Chicago would exit the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals after losing to the Miami Heat in five contests.

2011

Gibson continued his durable ways during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. A January ankle injury forced Gibson to miss three games, the only absence he would endure during the season. Gibson settled into the low-post role he mastered last season, coming off the bench in all 63 of his appearances. On Feb. 28, the USC product swatted a season-high five blocks in a win over New Orleans. On March 12, Gibson gathered a season-high 13 boards, plus 15 points, during a home win over the Knicks. On March 28, the sturdy power forward delivered a season-high 19 points in a win at Atlanta. Gibson would end the season with four double-doubles and blocked two or more shots in 24 games. For the year, Gibson delivered per-game averages of 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and a third straight season of 1.3 blocks. He also shot a career-high 49.5 percent from the field. Gibson's Bulls finished the year with an impressive record of 50-16. Chicago then lost to Philadelphia during the first round of the playoffs.

2010

The 2010-11 season was Taj Gibson's sophomore year in the league. The durable young power forward appeared in 80 regular-season games for the Bulls and averaged 21.8 minutes per contest. He shifted to more of an off-the-bench role, logging just 19 starts after notching 70 during his rookie campaign. On Nov. 4 and 5, Gibson twice scored a season-high 18 points in back-to-back losses to New York and Boston, respectively. On Nov. 19, the USC product snagged a career-high 18 rebounds, while also adding 17 points and his first career three-pointer, during a road win in Dallas. On Nov. 24, Gibson's consecutive-games streak ended at 94 due to a right foot injury, resulting in one missed game. A concussion would force him to miss another contest Dec. 21. On Jan. 4, Gibson produced 16 points and 14 rebounds during a big win over the Raptors. For the season, Gibson would post six double-doubles and 18 games with 10 or more points. On Jan. 17 and 18, Gibson hauled in a career-high six blocks each night versus Memphis and Charlotte, respectively. For the season, Gibson averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Chicago finished the season at 62-20 and defeated Indiana and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Bulls then lost the Eastern Conference Finals in five games to Miami.

2009

Taj Gibson was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 26th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. He had a very productive rookie season with Chicago, appearing in all 82 regular-season games (70 starts) and averaging 26.9 minutes per contest. He made his NBA debut off the bench on Opening Night, Oct. 29 at home versus the San Antonio Spurs and delivered six points with six boards. By the Bulls' fourth game, he was the regular starting power forward. On Dec. 8, he scored a then-career-high 20 points, which he complemented with six rebounds and three blocks, in a close loss to New Jersey. On Feb. 17, Gibson grabbed a career-high 16 boards, plus 14 points, during a road win over the Knicks. He would match the career-high rebounding figure and add four blocks, on April 2 in a win over Washington. On March 27, Gibson scored a career-high 22 points, to go with 13 boards, in a big win over the Nets -- he reached the 20-point plateau four times throughout the season. The rookie ended the regular season with per-game averages of 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Gibson's Bulls would finish the season with a 41-41 record and lose to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs. Gibson started all five playoff games versus the Cavs and averaged 7.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per postseason contest. He was then named to 2009-10 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2009
    Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (26th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft. Shortly there after signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Bulls.
  • October 31, 2012
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls.
  • February 23, 2017
    Traded by the Chicago Bulls with Doug McDermott and a 2018 2nd round draft pick (Mitchell Robinson was later selected) to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne.
  • July 10, 2017
    Signed a multi-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the New York Knicks. The second year of the agreement is a team option.
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Gibson was perhaps the most surprising Timberwolves player last season, in terms of Fantasy production. The veteran was largely undrafted across many leagues, yet managed to maintain value in essentially all formats. He finished the season with averages of 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, plus a combined 1.5 steals and blocks, to go with a career-best 57.7 percent mark from the field. The 33-year-old started all 82 games for the first time in his career, bouncing back from an up-and-down 2016-17 campaign split between Chicago and Oklahoma City. Gibson's numbers were far from extraordinary, but he was remarkably consistent and even flashed increased shooting range, attempting 35 three-pointers, which were by far a career-high. Heading into 2018-19, Gibson's role will likely remain much the same, though at some point his workload (33.2 MPG last season) may have to be monitored. Given who's in charge of the rotation, however, a substantial drop-off in minutes doesn't seem likely.
Gibson spent the first part of last season in Chicago, where he had played his entire career, before being dealt to the Thunder at the trade deadline. During the 2016-17 campaign, he averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds across 25.5 minutes per game while shooting 51.5 percent from the field. Now, however, he’ll be joining the new-look Timberwolves, featuring the likes of former teammate Jimmy Butler, as well as Jeff Teague. Last season, Minnesota deployed fourth-year man Gorgui Dieng as their starting power forward for all 82 games, who showed some potential as a decent three-point shooter with defensive upside. It’s unclear at the moment if Dieng or Gibson will be the starting power forward on Day 1, though they both have the skill to play reserve center minutes behind Karl-Anthony Towns, so they both should still be able to see a Fantasy-relevant workload. Expecting Gibson to see 30 minutes per night is likely overzealous, and it’s probably safe to assume he’ll see around the 25.5 minutes he saw last season. As a result, he can probably be avoided in the majority of Fantasy formats, though could make a for a decent waiver-wire pickup mid-season if necessary.
Gibson will look to rebound after somewhat of a down 2015-16 campaign in which he averaged 8.6 points in 26.5 minutes per game, both his lowest since 2012-13. He remained a reliable presence on the boards, however, grabbing 6.9 boards per game to go with 1.1 blocks. It was a relatively sound season on the health front for Gibson, who appeared in 73 games and made 55 starts before a nagging rib injury shelved him for the final eight games of the season. After the Bulls bid adieu to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah in the offseason, Gibson could be first in line for a starting role at power forward, though he'll face stiff competition for minutes from Nikola Mirotic and promising second-year player Bobby Portis. Gibson is the most reliable of the three, but Portis' potential is intriguing, while Mirotic is among the team's best floor-spacing shooters. At 31 years old, Gibson's upside is probably tapped out, but when healthy, he can be counted on for consistent points and rebounds production while shooting around 50 percent from the floor. That said, given the talent behind him, Gibson isn't likely to hold a significant enough offensive role to warrant more than a late-round flier on draft day.
Gibson enters his seventh season in the league coming off of ankle surgery after dealing with ankle problems for much of last season. He was limited to 67 games as a result, 17 of which were starts. Gibson's numbers took a step backwards as he averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 27 minutes per game. He started 70 games in his rookie season but has only started 49 games in five seasons since then as he has become one of the main contributors off of the Bulls bench. The Bulls were already loaded up front with Gibson, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic, but they also added first-round pick Bobby Portis to the frontcourt mix as well. There was talk the Bulls were going to shop Gibson over the summer, but his ankle surgery likely ended that idea. He is slated to come off the bench again this season, but it's unclear how big his role will be under new coach Fred Hoiberg. There is a possibility that Gibson's name may come up in trade rumors again once he gets healthy.
The 29-year-old power forward is entering his sixth season in the NBA, all with the Bulls. Last season, Gibson averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 29 minutes per game while playing in all 82 contests. He shot just under 48 percent from the field while attempting 10.9 shots per game. Gibson had a career year from the charity stripe, getting to the line 3.4 times per game and connecting on 75 percent of his chances. Thanks to his high-energy defense and improved post game, he finished second in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. It was his most productive season to date, as he finished the year ranked 12th in defensive win shares. After Carlos Boozer was amnestied, Gibson looked like a lock to be Chicago's starting power forward for the 2014-15 season, but the acquisition of Pau Gasol has complicated that notion. Although Gibson will still be a major minutes eater for coach Tom Thibodeau's squad, Gasol should be the starter at power forward all season. Nikola Mirotic could swipe some playing time from Gibson but not until the talented European import can prove himself to Thibodeau. Gibson became much more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball last season, attempting four more shots per game than in 2012-13. His shot attempts are likely to drop with the additional firepower now in the frontcourt. Overall, there are no glaring weaknesses in Gibson's game, and he should continue to show improvement on an upgraded Bulls squad. His contributions on both sides of the ball will be welcomed in most formats as long as he gets the minutes.
Signed to a four-year, $38 million extension last November, Gibson will be first off the bench in the frontcourt and should see a spike in minutes with his elite perimeter defense, which has become increasingly valuable against stretch-fours and the pick-and-roll. Carlos Boozer could be an amnesty clause victim next summer, meaning that Gibson's statistical ceiling, on par with career averages for points, rebounds, and blocks last year, could rise, especially now that a nagging knee injury has fully healed.
For the first time in his three-year career, Gibson didn't start a game, getting into 63 of the Bulls' 66 games in 2011-12. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in a career-low 20.4 minutes per game, but that lack of playing time was more circumstantial than performance-based. In fact, Gibson was a candidate for sixth man of the year throughout the season, averaging 13.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per 36 minutes. On top of that, his elite perimeter defense - especially when defending against the pick-and-roll - is one of the Bulls' most valuable assets With Boozer locked into a lucrative long-term deal, he won't be going anywhere, but his injury-prone ways should open up the occasional start for Gibson.
After a promising rookie season, Gibson was pushed to bench duties following the arrival of Carlos Boozer. As a result, Gibson’s numbers were down across the board, as he finished with averages of 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in just under 22 minutes. Despite the apparent sophomore slump, Gibson still flashed his promise while spot starting for Boozer. In his 19 starts, Gibson averaged 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.1 blocks. With Boozer locked into a lucrative long-term deal, he won’t be going anywhere, but his injury-prone ways should open up the occasional start for Gibson. Given his role as a bench player, Gibson’s immediate value is somewhat limited, but his value would skyrocket should Boozer go down with an injury.
Gibson, selected 26th overall last year, became a surprise starter at power forward and joined Brad Miller as the only Bulls to play all 82 games. He led rookies with 7.5 rebounds per game and 49.4 percent shooting, while his 1.27 blocks per game ranked second. The addition of Boozer relegates Gibson to the bench, but he still should see decent minutes at various frontcourt positions and will start while Boozer is sidelined.
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February 29, 2020
Gibson (back) is probable for Saturday's game against Chicago.
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Gibson (back) is probable for Saturday's game against the Bulls.
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Gibson (back) is expected to sit out Thursday against the 76ers, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
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Gibson is questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers due to back spasms.
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Gibson posted 12 points (6-6 FG), 5 rebounds, an assist and a block during the Knicks' 100-92 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night.
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